SOMEONE with less strength of character could have easily walked away from football several times with the hurdles put in his way, but as George Hampson approaches his 100th game his quality and hard work is paying off and he couldn’t be more thankful for East Fremantle embracing him.
Hampson was always a supremely talented young footballer playing in the 14s and 15s development squads at Claremont. But two knee reconstructions when he was 16 and 18 while at Scarborough soon had him rethinking whether sticking with the game was actually worth it.
But it was coaching as a 19-year-old at Scarborough and taking the under-17s team to a Grand Final that reinvigorated his love for the game and by the time he arrived at Subiaco, he was about to embark on a dream first four years.
WESTERN Australia commences its AFL and AFL Women’s State 18s National Championship campaign this long weekend, June 2-4.
WA’s Mundella AFL Women’s State 18s will host Queensland in a double header on Saturday, June 2 and Monday, June 4.
WA’s State 18s travel to Adelaide today for their first game of the AFL National Championships against South Australia on Sunday, June 3.
THE WA Day long weekend is regularly the biggest home and away round on the WAFL calendar and 2018 will be no different with two matches beginning proceedings on Saturday afternoon before the two traditional derbies on Monday.
WA Day, previously Foundation Day, has long provided for some of the most remarkable contests and biggest crowds through history particularly with the Fremantle and Perth Derbies, and that tradition continues in 2018.
The round gets underway starting on Saturday afternoon at Claremont Oval with Claremont playing host to Peel Thunder.
A new talent program to provide greater development opportunities for players and coaches in the South West region is being launched by the West Australian Football Commission in partnership with the South West Academy of Sport.
The program launch will be hosted at Leschenault sporting complex on Thursday, May 31 with the support of Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault Junior Football Club.
Training sessions will then take place on Tuesday nights at Capel Oval for the remainder of the 2018 season structured in line with the WAFL Colts and WA talent development program.
This WA Day long-weekend we celebrate everything that makes our State great, including the spirit, culture and heritage of our great game. Four massive WA Football League clashes are set to take place over the long weekend and there are heaps of fun activities and competitions planned at every game with a range of great prizes up for grabs.
Don't forget to cheer on the Movie Masters Little Leaguers who play at half-time at all matches.
Check out what you can get involved in at the footy this weekend.
Claremont v Peel Thunder – Claremont Oval | Saturday 2 June 2.15pm
While you’re at the game why not come and visit our new merchandise van to stock up on all your favourite Tigers gear. We have some great sales on our 2017 limited edition guernseys and player badges. Plus, our new polos, sponsor jackets and rainproof jackets are now available.
The Hello Tiger Café will be open from 7am and is located outside the ground. They will be offering bacon, egg, and caramelised onion toasties, bircher muesli, chia puddings and freshly baked muffins with barista coffee.
The downstairs Kiosk will be open from 9am and is located inside the ground, offering wedges, hot dogs, pies & sausage rolls, ham & cheese croissants and assorted toasted melts and snacks.
Our upstairs bar is open from 12pm and ‘Grab n Go’ food will be available including cheese burgers & chips, loaded fries, butter chicken curry, fish & chips, turkish melts and Mrs Macs Pies.
Swan Districts v Perth – Steel Blue Oval | Saturday 2 June 2.40pm
Check out the massive Swans Play Zone which includes face painters, bouncy castles, handball target competitions and much more. Do you want to win $100 cash? Take part in the ‘Bin it to Win it’ kicking competition at half-time on the oval. The first person to boot a footy in the bin is the winner.
There will also be a slushy machine, and a free sausage roll and drink for all the kids at the match.
West Perth v East Perth – Joondalup Arena | Monday 4 June 1.10pm
We have our new Falcons Function Bar and Café open upstairs with a birds eye view of the grounds. Get your homemade gourmet pie and a mid-strength for just $7. There will also open with be a great selection of beverages, gourmet café menu and hot coffee.
Our Colts are featuring in the split round edition from 11:00am. Check out the hot coffee and homemade muffin $5 special.
South Fremantle v East Fremantle – Fremantle Community Bank Oval | Monday 4 June 2.15pm
Pop into the SFFC members bar to check out our range of South Fremantle Merchandise! Scarfs $20.00 Baby Scarfs $10.00, Beanies $20.00, Tees $30.00 & Basil Campbell Hoodies $75.00! and much more.
New Bulldogs partner Benny’s Bar & Café will be serving their sumptuous meals after the game. Come in and try the cuisine of one of Fremantle’s most popular venues, all at South Fremantle Football Club member’s prices. Plus Post Match Home Games - $5 pint or $5 glass of wine with any meal purchased.
Visit the Gesha Coffee Cart (just near the SFFC members stand) from 9am and enjoy one of Fremantle best coffee blends on offer. Look out for the Coffee & Muffin special – only $7.00.
The Barracks Bar in the Convicts Corner will be the destination for supporters of both clubs. Whether you are a diehard bulldog or an opposition supporter looking for a great vantage point, be sure to head to Convicts Corner whenever you’re at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
Four massive WAFL clashes are set to take place over the WA Day long weekend with a range of fun activities and events planned for all fans at each game, as part of the WA Day celebrations.
WA Day is about celebrating everything WA; the spirit, culture and heritage of our great state. The rich history of football in the WA community stretches back to 1885 and today it is the most popular sporting code in the state with more than 330,100 active participants.
WA football champions Bernie Naylor and Mel Whinnen have been inducted into the Australian Football Hall Of Fame at a function hosted by the AFL on Tuesday night in Melbourne.
Bernie Naylor was a champion player for South Fremantle. The fast leading full-forward kicked over 1000 goals in nine seasons of league football, and more than 100 goals in a season five times.
Naylor’s football career began in 1941, but he missed the next four seasons when the competition was suspended due to World War II. He served as a signal man in Darwin and New Guinea, where he practised his goal kicking between palm trees.
IT was the most competitive round of the 2018 WAFL season on Saturday and as a result there were comfortably 40 players who had genuine claims to be in the TABtouch Team of Round 8.
It was a tremendous Saturday afternoon of action in the WAFL for Round 8 with East Fremantle and Claremont pulling off some significant upsets, Swan Districts securing their spot in the top five and Subiaco holding off a determined Perth.
The action got underway at Leederville Oval with Swan Districts defeating East Perth 13.8 (86) to 11.7 (73).
PERTH and Swan Districts both won their Round 8 WAFL Colts encounters on Saturday to move clear on top of the ladder with South Fremantle and Peel Thunder also victorious.
The Round 8 WAFL colts action saw Swan Districts come from behind to beat East Perth impressively 11.5 (71) to 6.4 (40) at Leederville Oval.
South Fremantle also finished strongly to defeat Claremont 8.6 (54) to 3.11 (29) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval while Peel Thunder downed East Fremantle 8.11 (59) to 5.9 (39) at East Fremantle Oval and Perth beat Subiaco 6.9 (45) to 5.9 (39) at Lathlain Park.
GEORGE Hampson has been the barometer at East Fremantle since arriving from Subiaco in 2015 and on Saturday he just wasn’t going to let the Sharks' losing run continue as he put in a performance that made him a lock to be the M & J Chickens Player of Round 8.
There were plenty of other standout performers too in some difficult conditions in Round 8 of the WAFL.
Subiaco made it seven straight wins with Chris Phelan and captain Kyal Horsley outstanding.
There will be no League cases heard at the WAFL Tribunal from Round 8 after all Match Review Panel offers were accepted.
Nicholas Kommer, East Fremantle, accepted a $50 financial sanction for rough conduct on Ben Howlett, Peel Thunder, during the first quarter of the League match between East Fremantle and Peel Thunder on Saturday 26th May at East Fremantle Oval.
Sixteen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men aged 18 to 24 years will represent Western Australia in a curtain-raiser match to the Dreamtime at the G clash between Essendon and Richmond on Saturday night.
The match is part of the 2018 AFL Rio Tinto Footy Means Business program which acts as a fantastic platform for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men to showcase their talents on the footy field and develop leadership skills to become positive role models.
Check out the top Kia marks and TABtouch goals of Round 8 of the WAFL in the videos below.
Perth player Zachary Hill was named winner of the Round 7 KIA Mark of the Week and West Perth player Andrew Strijk booted the TABtouch Goal of the Week.
THE WAFL competition roared to life on Saturday with the best round of the 2018 season as Claremont upset South Fremantle, East Fremantle ended its horror losing run, Perth took it right up to Subiaco and Swan Districts were impressive beating East Perth.
The lower ranked team won three of the four Round 8 WAFL matches on Saturday and even though Subiaco remained undefeated as well, Perth took it right up to the Lions and were only two points behind early in the last quarter.
While there has at times been a stark gap between the top and bottom placed teams in the WAFL this season over the opening seven rounds, that certainly wasn’t the case on Saturday as the competition shone despite the bleak weather.
The WA State Academy will undertake the second round of trial games this Friday following last week's fixtures held at Steel Blue Oval in Bassendean.
The trial games are an important part of the State Academy's preparation and selection process ahead of the AFL National Championships in June and July.
The first intake of players for the 2018 WA State Academy was completed at the end of April.